Independence celebration activities announced

Cultural activity at the media launch on independence activities on Wednesday

National Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2012 will open Dominica’s 2012 Independence celebrations, Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence announced on Wednesday.

The celebrations, which mark Dominica’s 34th anniversary of political independence, are to be held from September 22 to November 5 under the theme “Partnering for Further Progress and Development.”

Lawrence said the reason for having the National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving on two days is to accommodate persons who observe the Sabbath on Saturday and those who celebrate it on Sunday.

This year’s celebrations will include traditional and new activities such as the National Wob Dwwiyet Pageant and the newly introduced Quadrille Festival.

An official opening ceremony is carded for September 29 at the Old Mill Cultural Centre, which will be followed by Cultural Semi Finals for the North and South Eastern Districts on September 30 at Cabrits and Boetica.

Athletics Preliminaries, which make up part of the independence celebrations, are set for 1st October to 4th October. An E.O Leblanc Memorial Lecture will be held at the UWI Open Campus on October 4, 2012.

Cultural Semi-finals are carded for the weekend of the  October 6-7 at various places around the island including Woodfordhill and Mat Tutu’s park in Grandbay.

A “Dominica History Week” is slated for Monday 8– Friday 12 October under the theme “Dominica’s Heritage Sites”. A lecture on Dominica’s Heritage Sites on October  9 and the first ever Quadrille Festival on 10th October will make up part of the celebrations for the week.

A Sugar Creole Basketball fest from October 12-14 at the Lindo Park is another new addition to the independence celebrations.

Cultural Finals will take place on October 12, 13 and 14 respectively. The National Art & Craft Exhibition dubbed “Our Creole Expressions” is scheduled for 16th October, 2012. In the meantime, Secondary Schools Independence Athletics Finals at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium is expected to take place on October 17 and , 2012.

Market Day with a difference will be on the 20th October for vendors of the Portsmouth and Marigot markets while vendors of the Roseau market will celebrate the day on October 27. The popular Ti Matador show at Krazy Kokonutz is also slated for the October 20 while Heritage day will be held in the community of Warner on October 21.

LIME Creole in the Park is slated for the 22nd-25th October, 2012 and a Native Expo at the Botanical Gardens will run from October 23-25. Primary Schools Independence Athletics Finals is slated for  October 24.

The National Wob Dwiyet pageant will take place at the Old Mill Cultural Centre on Thursday October 25. Creole Day will follow on October 26 and a Creole Dress Parade will take place as part of the activities for that day. The World Creole Music Festival will run from the 26th to 28th October, 2012 and Kweyol Bod La Me is scheduled for the 28th.

Pan By the Bay activities are scheduled for Tuesday 30th and Flag Day will follow on the October 31.

The National Youth Rally is slated for Friday, November 2 while the National Day Parade will take place on November 3 followed by the National Cultural Gala later that day.

Eat Fish Day at Bioche and Creole in the North is slated for November 4. National Day of Community Service on November 5 will bring the curtains down on the 2012 Independence celebrations.

Dominica gained independence from Britain on November 3, 1978.

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 14, 2012

    Like the theme.

  2. bright
    September 13, 2012

    i am so happy independents is soon by

  3. Stoney
    September 13, 2012

    To me Dominicans don’t show any maturity or levels of Independance in my View…

    So it’s either here or there…

    They still in a mental slavery loop, closed minded and Hugh Pretenders Believing what i don’t know

    Only time will tell…look at the state of affairs in Dominica by them Pretending…..what a joke!

  4. Tammy
    September 13, 2012

    One thing for sure we know how to party…whether its Independence, Carnival, Elections,political court victories or any other excuse–for sure we know how to throw a party and make noise.
    But we dont know how to talk to each other when we disagree.

  5. valor
    September 13, 2012

    Lawrence said the reason for having the National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving on two days is to accommodate persons who observe the Sabbath on Saturday and those who celebrate it on Sunday.

    Mr Lawrence the Sabbath is observe and celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, please Don`t try to Distinguish the two. Remember Exodus:20

  6. Fairness
    September 12, 2012

    Is there any FLAG DAY this year?

    • Anonymous
      September 13, 2012

      October 31st

      • dominican abroad
        September 14, 2012

        where is creole in the north held this year

  7. Mate
    September 12, 2012

    Wonderful time of year! I love Independence! :wink:

  8. Colour Gray
    September 12, 2012

    O LORD;My independance wish/gift to DOMINICA;on this 34th year of independance;q is for your influence to shower the ‘denied loosers’,and the ‘over confident winners’of Dominica’s Political Pie; with your love and understanding,that they may understand with their partisan stance on every issue,they are not helping the development of this country;and i hope some way and somehow,they will see the light that they should unite,so Dominica will take flight out of it’s stagnant development,for the wellness of it’s people.AMEN!

  9. "O" STRESS!
    September 12, 2012

    The Season is on so am I ready.

  10. September 12, 2012

    Thats What it said november 2nd

  11. Nudibranch
    September 12, 2012

    the youth rally has to stop. they don’t need to hear you slap yourselves on the back for hours on end, they need to study for exams they are obviously failing at.

  12. T mama
    September 12, 2012

    WITH LIMITED FUNDING….Hats off for the Independence committee and Cultural Division…It’s your DEVOTION to make the Dominican people happy and be involved…it’s your DEVOTION that makes it happen….Creole Festival got over 700 thousand and u all got a stipend….we will still enjoy and participate..God knows it all….Congrats

  13. Caribbean Queen
    September 12, 2012

    I will be there for it all…..

  14. love
    September 12, 2012

    omg is time off the year already

  15. weezib
    September 12, 2012

    shouldnt it read that that national youth rally is on November and not October 2nd, just asking

    • Replier
      September 12, 2012

      you blind man it saying November 2nd

    • September 12, 2012

      I was wondering the same when I read the article. I was saying how can the Youth rally be so early in October and the Military parade be in November. I think DNO should proof read before statements are posted. I see that DNO has made the correction.

    • Naturalist
      September 12, 2012

      I think you should read the article again. October 2nd is not mentioned anywhere. The beginning of paragraph 15 reads “The National Youth Rally is slated for Friday November 2nd”

  16. hmmm
    September 12, 2012

    interesting independence season i must say

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